ClosedSocial: A Growing Trend Towards Niche Social Networking

With the increasing popularity of huge social networks like Facebook and MySpace, it’s easy to see why niche networks are entering the market and falling off almost immediately. There seems to be no room for networks that focus on a particular hobby, demographic, or profession. They are too small, therefore they will all fail.

Or will they?
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Got time? Want to learn social media? Here’s a great resource

Vandelay Offers Social Media ArticlesVandelaydesign.com has come up with an informative collection of great articles that give you direction on your social media journey. You will learn which site(s) are best for what you want to achieve, discussing pros and cons on major social sites like: Digg, Stumbleupon, Sphinn, Del.ico.us, Facebook and more.

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Job post by Microsoft prompts Flickr, YouTube Speculation (mashable)

A recent job posting by Microsoft is fueling speculation that they are positioning themselves to create a photo and video sharing platform to compete with the likes of Flickr and YouTube. The posting, which is available for viewing on the link to the story, is rather compelling evidence that we are beyond the idea stage and onto development.

You don’t put out job posts unless you are serious about making it happen, unless it’s a big fat smokescreen as they position themselves to buy out some other platform. Doubt that, but you never know. Microsoft has done wackier things over the years.

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What is a Social Media News Release?

Here is a 3 minute video that answers that question.  Please forgive the fact that a lot of it is a pitch, but the content is strong.  WE HAVE NOT RESEARCHED THE COMPANY THAT PUT IT OUT, so please do not take posting this video as a plug for them.  The information is good.

 What are your thoughts on it?  Is it the next big thing or a fad in the wind?  Ford seems to think it will work — they just put one out recently about their 2008 Focus.

Social Media Press Release Template (shiftcomm.com)

I read about this on cnet. Apparently, Ford and some other major companies are starting to come on board and give it a try. The idea is that by mixing the concept of a press release with the viral abilities of social media, a company can leverage better coverage for a product release by offering an easy to use format to spread the word.

In theory, if you give people a nice little package that includes PDFs, Flickr-able images, YouTube-able videos, and social boomarking buttons, then people will bookmark it, blog it, and generally spread the word for you. In theory and soon to be in practice, the concept should take off very nicely. It’s just a matter of time.

The link below goes to the actual template supplied by shiftcomm.com.

Marketing with Mailing Lists

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Review of 5 new social startups (CN)

Most would ask, “Why do we need more social networks?” The answer is simple. Money rules the internet, and the internet rules money, and as long as Web 2.0 (or are we on to 2.5 yet?) seems to the big-buck-peeps as a way to make more money, they’re going to shell out more and more money in hopes of making morer and morer money. So, CenterNetworks has reviewed 5 of the newest, most promising startups for your reading pleasure: Cayra, TheHireHub, FirstBlogMedia, GotCast, hlola. Enjoy!

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